Psychiatric aspects of family killings

There has been very little research done on family slayings in the RSA. The concept is defined and a short survey of the literature is provided. Five case studies of patients who were referred to Weskoppies Hospital after being involved in family killings are described; a diagnosis of depression was...

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Published in: South African medical journal Vol. 75; no. 3; pp. 121 - 123
Main Authors: Roos, J L, Bodemer, W
Format: Journal Article
Language: Afrikaans
Published: South Africa 02-04-1989
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Summary: There has been very little research done on family slayings in the RSA. The concept is defined and a short survey of the literature is provided. Five case studies of patients who were referred to Weskoppies Hospital after being involved in family killings are described; a diagnosis of depression was made in all 5 cases. The clinical implications of manslaughter and depression are discussed, and suggestions are offered for future research into psychiatric factors involved in family killings.
ISSN: 0256-9574